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10 Tips on Growing Violas

10 Tips on Growing Violas will help you add these petite flowering plants to your garden with their charming and colorful blooms. Viola plants add a touch of elegance to any garden space, whether planted in flower beds, rock gardens, containers, or as edging plants.

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10 Tips to Growing Violas - Purple and Yellow Violas in a garden bed
10 Tips to Growing Violas – Viola Tricolor

The viola plant typically has kidney or heart-shaped leaves with delicate flowers. They like moist soil and are a favorite among garden plants. Viola flowers look great in front of the border of your garden. Their colorful flowers really add interest to any landscape design.

Violas make great ground cover for shade gardens or rock gardens. They also look beautiful under shrubs like roses. Because of their versatility, they are one of my favorite flowers.

There are between 525 and 600 different species of violas. The viola cornuta is also known as the horned violet or the horned pansy.

Why Should You Grow the Viola Flower?

  • Viola plants are easy to grow
  • Edible flowers – they look beautiful in salads and cooking
  • They come in a wide variety of colors
  • Plant viola plants in front of leggy plants
  • They look great in patio containers

Where Can You Plant Viola Flowers?

  • Window boxes: Brighten up your windowsills by adding violas to your window boxes. Their compact size makes a perfect addition to your window box.
  • Edging: You can plant viola flowers to line a garden path, along a garden border, or even to line your vegetable garden.
  • Containers: Viola plants are perfect for container gardening. Plant them in pots or hanging baskets to create a charming display on patios, balconies, or porches.
  • Rock gardens: Violas thrive in rock gardens because they thrive in well-draining soil. Plant them among the rocks to add color to your rock garden.
  • Under trees: The viola plant can bring life to your garden’s shaded areas with their cheerful blooms.

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10 Tips on How to Grow Viola Flowers - Yellow Violas
10 Tips on How to Grow Viola Flowers – Yellow Violas

10 Tips to Growing Violas

1. Choosing Varieties of the Viola Plant

You want to pick the right viola species well-suited for your climate and growing conditions. Visit your local garden center or garden club to find the best types of violas to grow. Viola plants are perennials, but they are short-lived perennials. They will have to be replaced after a few years.

2. Preparing the Soil

Violas prefer well-drained soil. You want the pH level to be between 6.0 and 7.5. Mix organic matter or compost into the soil before planting to improve drainage.

3. Sunlight

You’ll want at least 4-6 hours of sunlight daily for violas. They grow best in partial shade to full sun. You want to ensure they get enough sun exposure, but be sure to protect them from the hottest part of the afternoon in warmer climates.

4. Watering

Violas require regular watering, especially during dry periods. Water them deeply and avoid the leaves getting wet to prevent fungal disease. They can develop a gray mold on their leaves when they get too much moisture.

5. Fertilize

Feed violas a balanced fertilizer every two to three weeks during the growing season. Fertilizing your plants will encourage healthy growth and blooming. Viola plants are considered heavy feeders and will suffer if not properly feed and provided organic material around their base.

10 Tips on Growing Viola Plants - White and Purple Violas
10 Tips on Growing Viola Plants – Flower Color Purple and White

6. Mulching

Adding mulch around the base of the plants will help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Use an organic mulch like shredded leaves or bark chips.

7. Deadheading

Removing spent blooms regularly will encourage new blooms and prevent seed formation. It will keep your flowers blooming for a more extended period.

You can revive overgrown plants by cutting them back to 4 inches tall.

8. Pinching

Removing the top growth of the viola plant to promote bushier growth is called pinching. You’ll want to wait until the viola plant reaches 4 inches in height before starting.

9. Overwintering

The viola genus is cold-tolerant and can survive mild winters. In areas with severe temperatures, cover the plant with a layer of mulch to protect them in the winter months.

10. Collecting Seeds

To propagate your viola plants, allow the flowers to fade and dry on the plant. As the seeds mature, they will become brown and papery. Carefully remove the seed pods from the plant after ensuring they are dry before harvesting.

Split open the seed pods and collect the tiny dark seeds. Place the seeds in an envelope or container and store them in a cool, dark place.

Collecting and sowing seeds from the viola allows you to perpetuate your favorite varieties and expand your garden.

How to Buy Viola Plants

Viola plants are available in spring at garden centers. They are usually available in six-packs or small 4-inch pots. You want to look for plants with healthy leaves. Buying the plants with only a few buds and flowers is best.

You can also buy your viola seeds in winter and start them indoors.

When to Plant Violas Outside

The ideal time to plant violas outside is early spring or fall when temperatures are mild. Viola plants are cool-seasoned flowers that thrive in cooler weather, and withstand a light frost.

In spring, you can plant violas as soon as you can work the soil and the threat of frost has passed. Planting during this time will allow them to establish their roots before the heat of summer.

In fall, plant violas six to eight weeks before the first expected frost date. Early fall planting will give them enough time to establish before cold weather sets in.

By planting violas during spring and fall, you provide them with the best conditions to grow, bloom, and flourish throughout the season.

Viola Pest Control

Aphids are the enemy of the viola plant. Check the top of the viola shoots for small red, gray, or green insects. If you see them, you can spray the violas with insecticidal soap.

Do Violas Bloom all Summer?

Viola flowers are known for their extended blooming season. Their peak blooming season is in the cooler months of spring, early summer, and fall. In hotter climates, violas might pause their blooms during the late summer heat. In late fall, they may bloom again. They thrive in cooler temperatures.

Do Violas Grow in the Wild?

Violas do have wild species. Not only are they beautiful spring flowers, they are also edible. These small plants grow wild primarily in Central and Eastern United States and Canada. You can find wild violets in the cool spring temperatures.

The Viola odorants is a flowering plant in the genus Viola. This hardy violet is found in the woods of Europe and Asia.

With proper care, your violas will add pops of color in your flower garden that you’ll love.

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We’ve reached the end of 10 Tips to Growing Viola Flowers. I hope you enjoyed it!

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